3-Day Sessions

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Time: 8.15 - 9.30am

A1D: The art and science of glute training
Bret Contreras

Strong glutes don’t only look good, they’re functional too. Exploring the latest science, Bret reviews cutting edge gluteus maximus research relating to strength and conditioning. He then examines the primary roles of the glutes, the exercises which most effectively train the upper and lower subdivisions of the gluteus maximus, program design variables, and characteristics of poor and effective glute training programs. L

Time: 8.15 - 9.30am

A1G: Integrating functional exercise progressions into your program design
Greg Dea

Ultimately, every exercise professional should create holistic and functional exercise programs that improve their client’s performance while increasing durability. Join Greg to learn how to design a program that uses proper exercise progressions that focus on weaknesses while maintaining and progressing strength, power and endurance. By laying a solid foundation of mobility and motor control you can help clients work towards overall performance gains. IL

Time: 8.15 - 9.30am

A1H: The psoas: inside out explosive power
Perry Nickelston

Why does everyone seem to have a psoas problem? Join Perry for this hands-on session to discover why this muscle is often tight and weak, why most psoas interventions are useless – and why just stretching is the worst thing you can do. Learn easy strength assessments and what they reveal about the brain; simple resets and activations that will stick; and how the diaphragm and breathing are linked to every psoas problem. WS

Time: 8.15 - 9.30am

A1I: TRX® Advanced Programming – Putting it all together
Fraser Quelch & Andrew Chadwick

This programming session will redefine your approach to training. Join Fraser and Chaddy as they present emerging ideas around best practices, along with a series of powerful ‘programming lenses’ through which to assess the targeted effectiveness of your programming. Plus, discover how the key ‘TRXisms’ work in the TRX Coaching Cycle to deliver the highest quality training experience. WS

Time: 8.15 - 9.30am

A1K: Tri-planar kettlebell training
Richard Scrivener

Tri-planar motion is an important movement stimulus for the body, challenging the integrated nature of neuro-myofascial systems. Kettlebell training lends itself perfectly to multi-planar motion. Join Rich as he reveals the multitude of kettlebell exercises that can be performed when moving through multiple planes of motion. Take home some challenging, highly integrated variations of classic lifts that will engage muscle and tissues your clients didn’t know they had! WS

Time: 1.30 - 2.45pm

A2D: Long-term Athlete Development Plan for strength and power training
Dr Dan Baker

Join Dr. Baker as he explains the Long-term Athlete Development Plan and pathway for developing athletes all the way through to elite or pro-level. Learn the six stages for both strength and power development, and discover why it’s critical that training content is appropriately programmed according to the athlete’s age and stage of development. Take home the building blocks for a more long term, fruitful approach to strength and conditioning coaching. L

Time: 1.30 - 2.45pm

A2E: The fat trap of motherhood
Kylianne Farrell & Chantel Gough

Today’s mums face a variety of different challenges to previous generations – but why is there a struggle to lose weight post birth? Join Kylianne and Chantel as they explore the mental and physical fat loss traps that are a part of mum life, and how you can address the challenge with your clients. L

Time: 1.30 - 2.45pm

A2I: Enhancing performance: resistance bands and chains
Mark McKean

Using additional external loads can help PT's create a range of new approaches to traditional resistance training. Join Mark as he guides you through techniques to effectively apply bands and chains for external resistance, and gain a greater understanding of the outcomes you can achieve. Take home the know-how to revitalise your client’s training program and boost their performance. IL

Time: 1.30 - 2.45pm

A2K: Animal Flow: breaking patterns and fascial fitness
Richard Scrivener

Animal Flow combines quadrupedal and ground-based movement to create an inspiring, challenging multi-planar workout. Join Rich to discover how the myofascial slings enhance both movement and program design. Simultaneously develop strength and flexibility as you perform movements from the 6 components of Animal Flow – and gain valuable feedback on potential limitations to your own movement. WS

Time: 1.30 - 2.45pm

A2L: ProjectR: Deadlifts, Deadshifts, Strictlifts and Momentum
Matt Truscott

What is a deadlift? A movement that starts on the ground and finishes with the participant standing tall with the bar in their hands? Perhaps, but is this the only way to deadlift? Could we also ‘deadshift’? Different ways of moving weight elicit different, specific responses and therefore adaptations. Join Matt as teaches different movement patterns and explains their response on the body. WS

Time: 1.30 - 2.45pm

A2M: Hang, pull, invert: aerial movements for physical mastery
Alisha Smith

There's no denying the unmistakable turn of movement consciousness towards skills acquisition. For many clients, there’s something hugely thrilling about mastering high skill bodyweight movements while developing fluidity, synergy and power. Join aerial coach and personal trainer, Alisha, to discover drills and movements from the awe-inspiring world of aerial acrobatics that you can apply for peak strength, massive mobility and total body efficiency. WS 

Time: 1.30 - 2.45pm

A2N: Punching Science – From the ground up
Hays Daewoud

Too many people running and participating in boxing for fitness are predominately using their arms to punch. This is incorrect! Most punch power is generated from kinetic linking – the combined movements of the legs, trunk and arms that makes for a perfect punch (and also burns more calories!) Learn how to correctly use focus pads and create the kinetic link, and witness a demonstration of one of Australia’s only sports science punch-measuring devices. WS

Time: 3.15 - 4.30pm

A3D: Totem - Forgotten principles of strength
Matt Truscott

Are we training our clients in a way that truly speaks to their biomechanical design, or are we just beating their bodies into submission and increasing their risk of injury? Have we forgotten how to coach the ‘simple’ technique? Join Matt as he identifies some basic principles of strength, explores why technique and intelligent training are too often being replaced with a ‘go big or go home’ mentality, and shows you how to apply the true principles of strength to your clients’ training. L


Time: 3.15 - 4.30pm

A3E: Poo and you: how the gut microbiome influences health
Dr Bill Sukala

Join Dr Bill as he presents cutting-edge research on gut bacteria (microbiome) and explains the powerful influence these organisms have on your clients' physical and mental health – as well as their disease risk. We now have a deeper understanding of how the gut microbiome influences metabolic processes, which may help explain why some clients gain weight (or struggle to lose it) despite eating healthier and exercising. L

Time: 3.15 - 4.30pm

A3J: Bulgarian bag dynamic movements
Ivan Ivanov

Join creator of the Bulgarian Bag, Ivan Ivanov, to learn how to perform the signature exercises for this incredibly versatile tool in any training environment. Discover a range of original moves to increase your clients’ muscular strength and endurance, as well as boost their anaerobic capacity, neuromuscular drive, speed, agility and overall core strength. WS 

Time: 3.15 - 4.30pm

A3K: TRX® Rotation Matters
Andrew Chadwick & Marin Lazic

Chaddy and Marin use the TRX® Rip Trainer to delve into an often under-trained foundational movement – rotation. Join them for this eye-opening session to learn why, and how, to integrate rotation into your client’s training. Go on a journey of rotation to get the lowdown on everything from coaching the basic mechanics of rotation, to producing rotational power in high speed movements to benefit functional strength and high intensity training. WS

Time: 3.15 - 4.30pm

A3L: Bananas for boot camp
Kathy Johnsun

We need our kids to break their technology addictions and want to live healthy, active and fun lifestyles! Join Kathy to learn how to deliver an exciting boot camp that encourages kids to work as a team and build a community where they can learn and achieve together. Take home the inspiration and content to run your own kids boot camp and get ‘em jumping, rolling, crawling and laughing their way to happy health! WS

Time: 3.15 - 4.30pm

A3M: Strength and mobility for older adults – the myofascial perspective
John Polley

The increasing population of older adults represents a huge opportunity for fitness professionals. Much of this demographic lack two fundamental things – strength and mobility. With his understanding of integrated anatomy, movement coach and physical therapist JP has helped countless older individuals move beyond discomfort, poor mobility, weakness and limitation. With some basic principles and practical examples he’ll show you how to do the same. WS

Time: 3.15 - 4.30pm

A3N: ViPR reconditioning for superior movement efficiency
Jan Hutnan

Modern living leaves skin, muscle and fascia less dynamic and elastic, which in turn makes movement less efficient. Let’s correct that. Join Jan for this ViPR restorative session that uses controlled and rhythmical movements while teaching the body to anchor into its natural biology. Learn how to deliver training that restores bodywide tissue dynamics, leading to superior movement efficiency while greatly decreasing the risk of injury and pain. WS

Time: 5 - 6.15pm

A4D: Maximum Aerobic Speed training
Dr Dan Baker

Discover how to use Maximum Aerobic Speed (MAS) to drive the aerobic training process. Presenting MAS scores for athletes from a broad spectrum of sports, age groups, genders and levels of competition, Dr Baker explores MAS in relation to running, rowing, cycling and other forms of cross-training. Learn simple tests to measure MAS, how to prescribe training according to these measures, and how versatile this training can be. L

Time: 5 - 6.15pm

A4E: Redefining strength: Cultivating internal and external strength
Nardia Norman

Only a small percentage of women use resistance training to help them reach their weight loss goals, meaning they are missing out on all the benefits that come with lifting weights. Join Nardia as she discusses the ‘strong is the new skinny’ concept, how to build a good foundation of strength to optimise potential, and why strength training is the key to long-term emotional and physical wellbeing. L

Time: 5 - 6.15pm

A4I: 7 steps to real results for your peri to post menopausal clients
Jenny Burrell

Despite being a growing sector, peri-to-post menopausal clients are generally poorly catered to. Join Jenny to learn why these women, who highly value their health, are actually your dream clients! They are also at the beginning of natural changes which make CV, bone health, muscle mass and metabolism important to them. Get a handle on the stats, the key issues and how you can support and serve these 3rd Age women. L

Time: 5 - 6.15pm

A4J: Top 3 releases and activation drills to make you hellaciously strong
Perry Nickelston

Stability always precedes force production. What keeps you stable? Fascia. Discover the three most powerful places to release and stimulate fascia for strength and power. Join Perry for this hands-on session as he uses before and after demonstrations to teach simple and powerful resets that increase stabilisation in the transverse plane. Learn when to program releases, along with movement integration drills to lock in the benefits. WS

Time: 5 - 6.15pm

A4K: Introduction to SandBell® for group training
Declan Condron

Combining the advantages of dumbbells, medicine balls and kettlebells in one safe, effective and engaging training tool, SandBells are perfect for maximising group exercise options – and invigorating group morale. Covering the fundamentals of SandBell training; working with limited space and equipment; key coaching points and safety considerations; and program design and implementation, Declan teaches you all you need to know to integrate SandBells into any class size and format. WS

Time: 5 - 6.15pm

A4L: Partner training: double the fun
Krista Popowych

Experience partner training at its best! Join Krista to learn the ins and outs of partner training and then experience a creative and challenging workout that can be used for group fitness classes, personal training and small group training. If you want to infuse your workouts with incredible energy, over-the-top intensity and a positive atmosphere, your clients will thank you for attending this session! WS

Time: 5 - 6.15pm

A4O: TriggerPoint™: Piecing the puzzle together – Life after foam rolling
Andrew Chadwick & Vanessa Leone

The body functions as a kinetic chain; if one joint can’t move, the others compensate, leading to pain and injury. Join Chaddy and Vanessa to learn how to use TriggerPoint’s Myofascial Compression™ techniques and dynamic stretching, along with core, balance and reactive training to integrate the nervous system. Gain a fresh perspective on assessments as well as the steps needed after foam rolling for optimal control. WS

Time: 8.30 - 9.45am

B1E: Training for maximum strength versus hypertrophy
Bret Contreras

It is commonly assumed that strength and hypertrophy are highly correlated with one another, but according to the literature, this is actually not the case. There are numerous anatomical, anthropometric, architectural, physiological, neurological, and psychological factors that contribute to the large discrepancy between strength and hypertrophy. Join Bret in this lecture which will review the various factors and explore the research and anecdotes pertaining to maximising strength versus muscle mass.


Time: 8.30 - 9.45am

B1F: Working with exercise and body-obsessed female clients
Nardia Norman

A small subset of female clients take exercise and healthy habits to the extreme, developing a ‘more is better’ approach that causes physical and psychological harm. Working with this type of client can be extremely challenging and requires specific coaching skills. Join Nardia as she discusses why this mentality leads to destructive lifestyle choices, how to identify high risk clients that may require referral and how to support them back to health. L

 PT Breakfast

Time: 7.30 - 9.45am

B1G: Set yourself apart from the PT pack
Thomas Myers, Dr Krista Scott-Dixon and Dan Henderson

Long gone are the days when the key to being a successful personal trainer was simply your ability to push your client through a tough workout. The fitness industry is changing at an unprecedented pace and your ability to deliver a more meaningful, valuable service to your clients has never been more crucial. Join world-renowned functional anatomy expert and creator of Anatomy Trains, Thomas Myers, highly regarded public health researcher and Director of Curriculum at Precision Nutrition, Dr Krista Scott-Dixon, and Australian fitness trailblazer, Dan Henderson from Functional Training Institute, as they dissect the pivotal components of mindset, body and business that will set you apart from the PT pack.

 

Time: 8.30 - 9.45am

B1L: The No Equipment Revolution
Krista Popowych

Join Krista to experience the evolution of intensity interval training combined with functional strength work. Discover an equipment-free session perfect for small groups, personal training, boot camps and group fitness classes. Interactive, totally fun and packed with amazing ideas for 2 or more, the No Equipment Revolution is a do anywhere, do anytime workout for everyone! WS

Time: 8.30 - 9.45am

B1M: SandBell® Circuit
Declan Condron

Join Declan to discover SandBell® Circuit, a dynamic strength and endurance workout ideal for small and large group training. Consisting of 3 circuits, each with 6-8 stations, exercises are performed for bouts of 45-seconds, with a short rest interval between circuits. Each circuit features exercise progressions to keep participants constantly engaged and moving through challenging exercises in a fast-paced and fun environment. WS

Time: 8.30 - 9.45am

B1R: Bootcamp games
Jonathon Petrohilos

The most successful fitness games are those that can be tailored to all levels of ability – so that every participant is in with a chance of winning. Join Jono for some fun in the fresh air as he showcases a selection of his favourite, and most effective, fitness games and reveals how to tailor them to suit every member of your group! OD

Time: 8.30 - 9.45am

B1T: Pilates for the PT
Claire Norgate

PTs: it’s time to put aside your preconceptions and explore what goes on behind the studio doors...! Join Network’s Presenter of the Year to discover how techniques from the world of Pilates can enhance your PT clients’ training. Featuring essential base mobility and stability exercises that really work, you’ll learn what to include, when to include them and how to teach them to your clients. WS

Time: 10.15 - 11.45am

B2D: Advances in fat loss
Tony Boutagy

Countless strategies and theories exist for losing weight, but not many are effective over the long term. From the role of macronutrients and higher centres of the brain, to exercise timing and obesogens, Tony explores what we know about fat loss in 2017: what works, what might and what probably won't. Plus, take home practical advice for applying research findings to your clients. L

Time: 10.15 - 11.45am

B2E: Identifying and managing eating disorders in the fitness industry
Eleni Psillakis

Eating disorders come in all body shapes and sizes. How then do you determine if a client is suffering from any of these serious mental health issues – and if they are, how do you manage them? Drawing on her personal and professional experience, Eleni provides an insight into eating disorders and explains how to best serve clients suffering them. L

Time: 10.15 - 11.45am

B2I: Movement platforms: the keys to great movement
Dave Liow

Three key areas of the body provide the platform for human movement. When they work seamlessly you can build excellent movement on them – but when they don’t, you’re only reps away from a train wreck. Discover the most common problems at each platform and how to overcome them, and learn how to get your clients moving better by viewing the body through a new lens. IL

Time: 10.15 - 11.45am

B2J: Unleash your glutei: why your glutes aren’t getting stronger
Perry Nickelston

None of your glute strengthening exercises getting results? Learn the little known neurological reasons why activating glutes optimises power output, and discover the number one pre-training glute activation drill. Presenting the simple and effective RAIL Neural Reset system, Perry reveals how glutes are the key to a powerhouse push up and bench press, and introduces the TriPhasic Core 4 approach to strength stretching for glutes. WS

Time: 10.15 - 11.45am

B2K: ProjectR: Complex made simple
Matt Truscott

The best way to make complex movement patterns simple? By starting at the beginning. Join movement specialist Matt to learn how to analyse movement patterns for safety, experience advanced movement patterns, and discover how to effectively progress or regress movement patterns to elicit specific adaptations. Plus, learn effective cueing for complex movement patterns and how to apply these movements with your clients. WS

Time: 10.15 - 11.30am

B2L: Programming for life and performance with 4Q
Jan Hutnan

Debating which training modality is more effective is somewhat futile, as each yields unique benefits. Thus, an all-inclusive approach to programming may be most effective. But how can you create a program that is variable yet specific to individual clients’ needs? Join Jan to learn more about the inclusive and comprehensive 4 Quadrant Training Model, a powerful solution for fostering health and performance. WS

Time: 10.15 - 11.45am

B2O: Focus pads – The art of mitt work
Hays Daewoud

Boxing trainers use focus pads to work boxers’ technique, reaction work and flow, and to imitate strategies that might be used in the ring. As well as getting boxers ring-ready, this also delivers a great workout. Join Hays to learn some powerful drills and discover how to hold and use the focus pads safely and effectively for maximum results. WS 

Time: 10.15 - 11.45am

B2P: Battle ropes toolbox: reloaded!
Matthew Boulous

The game-changing battle ropes toolbox returns to shake up your client's workout for another round! Using 1, 2 and 4 battle ropes, Matt teaches you how to integrate this great tool into everything from individual workouts to large group circuits. Laying the foundation with testing and interval training, he then adds more circuits to your PT Toolbox to keep your indoor and outdoor training evolving. OD

Time: 1.15 - 2.45pm

B3D: Back Mechanic
Manu Wakely

Is this exercise for the back? How do I build a stronger back? Explore the science, as taught by renowned spine biomechanics expert Professor Stuart McGill, behind back pain. Join Manu as he reveals the system for finding the common causes of back pain, explores the right tools to be pain-free, and showcases techniques to continuously enhance your clients’ performance while maintaining a safe back. L

Time: 1.15 - 2.45pm

B3E: The science of HIIT for fitness and fat loss
Dr Luke Del Vecchio

Interval training is one of the most popular exercise modalities globally. HIIT has been shown to significantly increase both aerobic and anaerobic fitness, significantly lower insulin resistance, improve strength and burn fat. However, it's not just about creating random work-to-rest ratios and going all out to reach the goal. Join Dr Luke to learn the science behind creating highly effective HIIT workouts. L

Time: 1.15 - 2.45pm

B3H: Why your clients don’t want to lose weight (and what to do about it)
Dr Helena Popovic

You may be great at keeping clients focused on why they want to achieve their goals – but have you ever asked them why they might not want to achieve a fitter, leaner body? Many people have conscious and unconscious fears about making changes in their lives, particularly in relation to their bodies. Join Helena to learn how to recognise when there might be more going on than meets the eye. L

Time: 1.15 - 2.45pm

B3I: Velocity-based resistance training
Mark McKean

Velocity measure is the next big thing in resistance training. Using a combination of theory and practical examples, learn how to use the velocity measures from resistance exercises to guide program outcomes, monitor fatigue and determine 1RM scores. Cheap and easy-to-use, the practical applications of this new technology can greatly benefit PT's by helping to improve client outcomes. IL

Time: 1.15 - 2.45pm

B3K: Bulgarian Bag strength workouts
Ivan Ivanov

Created to improve explosive actions and dynamic movements involved in wrestling, from pushing and twisting, to rotating and throwing, the Bulgarian Bag has since found a wider fitness audience. Join its creator, Ivan Ivaonv, to discover how to structure different workout routines with the Bulgarian Bag as a unique training tool. WS

Time: 1.15 - 2.45pm

B3M: Integrating Animal Flow with resistance training
Richard Scrivener

‘Exercise nutrition’ describes the importance of exposing the body to varied training stimuli for well-rounded health and fitness. But how can you integrate more progressive exercises into workouts when clients have traditional strength or hypertrophy goals? Join Rich to learn how bodyweight movement sequences from the Animal Flow program can be seamlessly integrated into traditional resistance-based workouts to take the training stimuli to another level. WS

Time: 1.15 - 2.45pm

B3N: Task-dependent training for maximal function
Mark Davis

Set the task and the body will find a way. There are thousands of ways to pick up a weight, wash a dog or get to the top of a hill. Making fitness functional is about making clients better movers and better physical problem solvers. Join Mark to challenge your thinking on function and experience how task-dependent training can provide total client engagement and excellent transfer to daily life. WS

Time: 1.15 - 2.45pm

B3P: Obstacle course racing – prep and programming
Gary Wagner

Obstacle course racing has become the team challenge of this decade, enabling people to sink their teeth into something more exciting than a fun run. Too often though, people are ill prepared to take on the course safely. Join Gary as he explores the best way to prepare your clients to rock their first OCR – and have them keen to do more! OD

Time: 3.15 - 4.30pm

B4D: What the fascia?!
Gareth Houley

There’s much talk of fascia these days, but where does it all fit? Is it the cure-all for pain-free movement? Gareth shares the science of fascia, explores why it’s such a hot topic and looks at how you can simply and effectively guide your clients to better fascia health. By unlocking the body’s true potential you can help clients move the way they always wanted to. IL

Time: 3.15 - 4.30pm

B4F: Training women through the lifespan
Liz Dene

Training and nutrition needs to be tailored according to female clients’ stage of life. Join Liz as she explores nutrition and exercise prescription from adolescence through to post-menopause, identifying micronutrient needs, reviewing hormonal changes, and examining why exercise must be tailored to each stage of the lifespan. Explore what women really need to assist them through the ageing process full of energy and vitality. L

Time: 3.15 - 4.30pm

B4H: The 6 human needs – where do you fit in as a coach?
John Polley

The 6 human needs, according to Tony Robbins, are certainty, variety, significance, connection, growth and contribution. JP explores how you can tick these boxes during clients’ sessions to fulfil more than their physical goals. Learn how to deliver in each area, through a holistic, empathetic and connected ‘exercise experience’, rather than a simple physical training session. If you coach humans, this is for you! L

Time: 3.15 - 4.30pm

B4J: Mastering the battling ropes
Dan Henderson

Battling ropes are brilliant for metabolic training, strength endurance, partner interaction and aerobic endurance. Join Dan for this fun and interactive session to discover how to manipulate battling rope training to achieve aerobic endurance, anaerobic endurance, power or strength endurance in your clients. Take home the skills to build powerful programs and incorporate multiple planes of motion into clients’ rope training. WS

Time: 3.15 - 4.30pm

B4K: TRX®: Unload & recover for performance
Fraser Quelch & Krista Sirota

Originally developed to enhance the functional performance of elite military athletes, TRX’s progressive system of training for mobility will take your clients from simple joint mobility to full body integration and beyond. Learn the science behind full functioning mobility, discover the best practice for creating and maintaining peak mobility for durability and performance, and take home the skills to easily implement it into clients’ training. WS 

Time: 3.15 - 4.30pm

B4L: Force in tissues: reducing injury and enhancing success
Ian O’Dwyer

How effectively are we conditioning clients to protect against injury? We need to focus on tissue to reduce the opportunities for injuries to occur, especially in contact sports. Different body tissues require various types of force in order to avoid inefficiency, energy leaks and injury. Join Ian as he shares his insights into the tissues and reveals the forces they need to perform optimally and for longevity. WS

Time: 3.15 - 4.30pm

B4M: Shut the back door! Back of the body workouts
Krista Popowych

Let’s tuck away those ‘front of the body’ moves and pay attention to the back of the body. Join Krista as she discusses the imbalances that occur between back and front, and identifies exercises to help correct them. Focusing on the anatomy of movements, you’ll experience the best exercises to strengthen the lower and upper back, glute complex and legs. Get ready to stand taller as you walk out the door! WS

Time: 3.15 - 4.30pm

B4N: Stick & Move – ‘Move like a boxer’
Hays Daewoud

Most people think that punching is the most important part of boxing, but a key, and often overlooked, element is footwork. Having the perfect base, stance and footwork will help you deliver a much better, and more fun, workout. Join Hays to learn how to teach clients to ‘stick and move’ and create a dynamic boxing for fitness session. WS 

Time: 3.15 - 4.30pm

B4O: Step your game up
Meghan Jarvis

Discover how, by alternating high intensity, high repetition step workouts with strength HIIT intervals using a partner or a band, you can deliver exciting, challenging and results-driven workouts. Join Meghan for this Master Class as she presents program design factors along with the tools to immediately implement this training with your clients. All you need to find is a step! MC

Time: 3.15 - 4.30pm

B4P: Outdoor motivation – train the athlete within
Katrina Cochrane

Strength and conditioning sessions are designed to enhance athletic performance in the most efficient timeframe. Join Katrina as she demonstrates how to apply innovative new skills and drills to your clients’ training. Leave empowered to train individual, small and large group sessions with minimal equipment that will have clients and participants reaching their peak performance by training the athlete within. OD

 Plenary Session

Time: 5 - 6.15pm

B5C: A step-by-step guide to designing highly effective programs
Bret Contreras

Designing effective training programs may be the most important aspect of personal training. Join Bret as he looks at how to customise program designs according to client's primary goals, explores each primary training variable from both scientific and practical standpoints, and reviews simple and effective periodisation strategies. Leave with the confidence to design comprehensive and efficient programs for all clients, regardless of age, gender, experience and goals. L P

 Plenary Session

Time: 5 - 6.15pm

B5D: Strength training for women: the latest research
Tony Boutagy and Claire Norgate

Learn the differences between training women and training men, and discover how training changes across the age groups. Join Tony and Claire as they look at how and what to assess in clients; how and when to include mobility; set and rep recommendations and how they may differ to those for men; female-specific progressive overload techniques; and exercise selection variations. L P

 Plenary Session

Time: 5 - 6.15pm

B5E: B-Boys and BUF Girls – Old Skool Game-on!
Greg Sellar, Michael Steel, Rich Scrivener, Nic Mendoza-Jones, Libby Babet, Alicia Beveridge, Cassey Miller and Sian Johnson

Eight presenters, four challenges, two teams, one must-do session! It’s game-on as Sydney’s BUF Girls take on the boys in an old skool mash-up. It’s time for some freestylin’ cardio, strength and team-based chaos, so grab your girl squads and bro crews, represent and bring it!  MC P

Time: 8.30 - 9.45am

C1D: It’s only a foot away
Dr Paul Batman

Could the benefits of daily physical activity be undone by spending too much of the remaining day being sedentary? Inactivity presents specific responses that are underpinned by a unique set of metabolic signals that differ from those associated with exercise. Join Dr Paul as he explores the concept of too much sitting and reveals how to replace periods of inactivity with Non Exercise Physical Activity (NEPA) alternatives. L

Time: 8.30 - 9.45am

C1E: Women rock! Fit at 40, 50 and beyond
Krista Popowych

What’s the secret to looking good and feeling even better? Krista discusses challenges faced by 40+ year-old female clients – including a battle with fat cells, a changing body and everyday life responsibilities. Join her to learn how to effectively work with this clientele to help them feel better and look great. Good for their body and good for your business’ bottom line. L

Time: 8.30 - 9.45am

C1J: Mastering the ring muscle-up
Farkas Pungur

Join Farkas for this interactive workshop and learn how to master one of the toughest bodyweight exercises around. Discover how to spot clients for this skill, safety and injury risk management and the different grips used to perform, along with the skill, motion, biomechanics, power and body position of the kip and steps to build strength. WS

Time: 8.30 - 9.45am

C1K: Balance the foundation – to movement, power and strength
Ken Baldwin

Explore the science of energetics and find out how the pyramid of balance, movement and strength is built. Ken looks at how the body processes actions and movements and converts them into the ability to enhance all components of fitness. Join him as he presents a great template to improve your clients’ balance as the building block for enhanced power and strength training. WS 

Time: 8.30 - 9.45am

C1L: Surf and sand
Tom Roman

We do not exist in a static environment and neither should our training. Experience Surfset, a training approach that embraces the instability of nature and daily situations. With all the program’s movements stemming from the core, Surfset forces the body and mind to work together to promote coordination, strength, stability, power, and agility. Plus, explore how Sandbells can be used to provide additional challenge in an unstable environment. WS 

Time: 8.30 - 9.45am

C1O: Fun – and why you should take it seriously!
John Polley

Does it matter whether or not you enjoy exercise? If you never smile during your workout, does it mean you don’t enjoy it? Play is very obviously enjoyable, with smiles and laughter throughout, but fun in fitness can take many forms. Join JP as he investigates whether you get better results if you enjoy your exercise, and asks if there is such a thing as ‘too much fun’? IL

 Plenary Session

Time: 10.15 - 11.30am

C2D: ProjectR: time vs repetitions and 3D performance
Matt Truscott

Performance isn’t only applicable for top-notch athletes. Join Matt to learn how to achieve better movement mechanics in your clients by replicating real movements and applying time and repetition-based training to create real, useable strength rather than just ‘gym strength’. Discover 3D movements that increase performance, experience the Project180 program design, and learn how to accommodate all fitness levels using regression and progression. WS P

Time: 1 - 2.30pm

C3E: The plank is dead wood
Dave Liow

The plank is something of a go-to exercise when it comes to training the core, but, frankly, it’s overused and overrated. We can do better – much better. Join David as he reveals how to program more effective core training, and explores how, through more clearly understanding core stability, we can better apply this concept to our clients programming to achieve better results. IL

Time: 1 - 2.30pm

C3G: Uncovering purpose: coaching for sustainable results
Kylianne Farrell

Join movement coach Kylianne to learn how to use powerful but simple tools to create a sustainable income, a cult following and clients for life. Discover how, by coaching your client to discover their deeper emotional anchors, you can empower them to take back control of their body, viewing it as the vehicle in which they can live the life of vitality that they aspire to. L

Time: 1 - 2.30pm

C3J: ProjectR: Programming – Variation vs. Strict
Matt Truscott

What’s the best approach for achieving maximum strength, power or endurance gains in your clients – periodisation (strict) or variation? Or maybe a combination of the two? Join Matt to experience the Project180 program design; learn when each approach is appropriate (variation vs. strict); explore the difference between periodisation variation and movement variation; and find out how to accommodate all fitness levels using regression and progression. WS

Time: 1 - 2.30pm

C3L: The ageing population: speaking their language
Ian O’Dwyer

Fifty and sixty-something’s make up the largest percentage of new fitness clients. More informed than ever before, we must meet them where they need to be met! Asking what they really want from a fitness professional, Ian explores what these clients need to survive and thrive in the best years of their lives. Join him to learn how to prepare for, and deliver, the training to meet these needs. IL

Time: 1 - 2.30pm

C3M: The ultimate anti-ageing workout
Maureen Hagan

Discover how to integrate low-impact aerobic training with functional strength movement patterns to create a total body conditioning class for those who want to maintain their health, strength and stamina, and slow the ageing process naturally. Maureen presents and integrates seven unique training methods, along with a proven teaching approach that enables you to deliver this training concept in a 30, 45 or 60-minute class format. WS

 

Time: 1 - 2.30pm

C3O: 6 technique errors that lead to running injury
Ulrik Larsen

How many of your clients run in a way that will overload their joints and lead to injuries? Do you know the 6 main technique errors of running, and how to spot them? In order of difficulty, sports physio Ulrik guides you through six technique error videos to illustrate how coaching and cueing can be used to improve efficiency and reduce soft tissue overload in your clients. WS

Time: 1 - 2.30pm

C3P: Sensational circuits
Mark Moon

When it comes to circuit training, it's crucial to not only stay up-to-date with exercise selection and programming styles, but to also stay ahead of your competition. Learn the tricks and traps involved in creating sensational circuit workouts for small and large group training studios. Join Mark as he identifies the five common mistakes trainers make and teaches you how to avoid them through strategic programming. WS

 Plenary Session

Time: 3 - 4.30pm

C4B: Potentiate your periodised programming!
Richard Scrivener

How can you structure a workout that gets results with clients and athletes who have varying abilities, demands and goals? Join Rich to learn how to build a client/athlete matrix, and then set about intelligently applying a considered, structured and progressive overload stimulus. Take home the know-how to build awesome workouts for everyone from your once-a-week’ers to your ‘help me squat twice my bodyweight’ client. L P

 Plenary Session

Time: 3 - 4.30pm

C4C: Mighty mitochondria, the muscle’s forgotten powerhouse
Tony Boutagy and Claire Norgate

It may make up around 10% of body mass, but mitochondria is an often overlooked aspect of muscle. Critical for health and the evolution of the human species, the more mitochondria we have, the lower our risk for developing many chronic diseases. Tony and Claire explore the world of mitochondria for health, fitness and performance and reveal how to use training and nutrition to optimise this powerhouse of the muscle cell. L P

 Plenary Session

Time: 3 - 4.30pm

C4F: Bodyweight basics and bad ass moves
Vanessa Leone and David Norman

Anytime, anywhere, and without any equipment? Discover how and why this is one of the hottest industry trends. Vanessa and David look at hundreds of exercise variations and formats and explore the various styles from slow to fast-paced, HIIT to low impact to help you effectively incorporate bodyweight training with your clients, groups and classes. WS P 

 Plenary Session

Time: 3 - 4.30pm

C4H: TriggerPoint™ foam rolling: applied techniques for Re-Gen®
Andrew Chadwick

Regenerate and prepare for what’s next! Can foam rolling after exercise really help flush lactic acid and reduce soreness? What does the research say? Foam rolling can promote circulation, create tissue pliability and initiate the recovery process, but this may not mean no muscle soreness. Join Chaddy as he focuses on the programming application of TriggerPoint™ foam rolling using full-body releases to enhance your recovery and prepare you for the next workout. WS P